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Horses seized from East Knox farm where abuse happened before

8:35 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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  • 32 horses were seized from the Voltz Lane property in 2012.

Animal control officers were at an East Knox County farm Wednesday afternoon, seizing horses from a couple who've been in trouble before.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says six horses were taken from the property on Voltz Lane because of injuries and poor conditions.  They were taken to the UT Veterinary hospital for treatment.

Linda Cowell, 59, and Barry Smith, 58, own the horses.  They have been charged with violation of probation.  Last March, dozens of horses were seized from the property.  They pleaded guilty in January to animal cruelty charges. 

In that case, investigators said the animal's water was contaminated with muck and feces, the hay was moldy, and several animals had severe wounds that were untreated.

Deputies said conditions had deteriorated to the point that veterinarians from the UT Large Animal Clinic recommended taking the animals into protective custody. One of the animals died and another was placed in long-term care.

Horse Haven of Tennessee cared for the seized horses last year, and worked to find them new homes.

Cowell and Smith are being held in the Knox County Detention Facility under a $2,200 bond. 

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